Radja Nainggolan’s salary is proving a huge obstacle in Inter’s negotiations with Cagliari, according to a report in the Italian media today.

Corriere dello Sport’s print edition confirmed the Nerazzurri had no intention of giving the midfielder a payoff if he terminated his contract (which is due to expire next summer).

Inter could ask Cagliari to consider another season-long loan where the Rossoblu cover his salary in full, but Cagliari are not keen at all on this idea.

Cagliari are prepared to spread Nainggolan’s €3.5 million wages across two seasons, giving the Belgian around €1.8 million plus bonuses per year.

Inter could get on board with this idea, although it would mean losing Nainggolan for free after the loan deal expired.

Nainggolan would need to accept a wage cut for this to work, though, and it remains unclear whether the 33-year-old would be happy to do that.

Nahitan Nandez could end up being included in the clubs’ negotiations, with Inter known to be interested in him as a replacement for Achraf Hakimi.